Installing WordPress through Installatron

If you like to learn by doing, let's install WordPress together.

For a first time user, this should taken about fifteen minutes. If you skip the 'Uninstallation' step at the end, you'll have a complete WordPress installation ready to use.

This document will walk you through installing, backing up, cloning & uninstalling WordPress using Installatron.

Note

To follow these instructions, you'll need a shared web hosting account. If you don't already have one skip over to creating an account at Fused.

Finding Installatron

  1. You'll want to navigate to our client area & log in.
  2. From there, select services > my services.
  3. Select the hosting account you wish to install WordPress on using the green active link.
  4. Next, select 'Login to cPanel' on the left.
  5. In the upper right search bar, type 'installatron' & select the first result.

Finding WordPress within Installatron

We're now in the installatron applications browser, and talk about overwhelming.

Let's ignore everything here, find the WordPress under 'Apps for Content Management' & select it.

Installing WordPress

We're now in the installatron application overview for WordPress. There's some information here that could be useful, but the most handy part is the 'Install this application' link.

In the upper right, select 'install this application'.

Installation Options

Don't be too concerned about messing something up, the most important parts are installation location & update settings — everything can be changed later.

Location

The location dictates where the installation goes on your account. In the domain dropdown, you can select any domain or subdomain on your account to install it to. By default, it'll pick your main domain name.

Location Folder

If your account isn't empty, make sure to install WordPress in a sub-folder. You could enter random gibberish into the directory to make certain. We can always change this later.

Danger

If your account is not new/empty, make certain to enter a folder name, otherwise it could potentially overwrite your data. There are some safeguards that prevent it from installing over top of stuff, but bugs do happen.

Version

Version

Unless otherwise desired, always install the latest version, especially with WordPress.

EULA

The agreement doesn't ask for your firstborn, let's keep going.

Automatic Update

I suggest enabling 'Update to any new version'.

This will keep your WordPress installation updated & relatively secure by default.

WordPress Plugin Automatic Update

Select 'Update WordPress Plugins as new versions become available'.

This will keep your plugins updated.

WordPress Themes Automatic Update

You might be noticing a trend. Enable 'Update WordPress themes as new versions become available'.

Automatic Update Backups

Leave this intact. It'll generate a backup before any updates, and restore if the update somehow fails. Keep in mind Fused has 75 nights of backups as well to restore to in an emergency.

Settings section

Username & Password

Now, you might want to make note of the username/password. These are randomized by default. You can alter them to more memorable ones if desired, but I like the randomized ones.

If you leave them randomized, you can always use Installatron to login to WordPress (which we'll detail how below).

Administrator Email

Enter your email here. By default, it grabs your cPanel contact email.

Website Title & Tagline

These will be your website's title & tagline. You can update them now, or, leave them intact & change them from the WordPress interface later.

Two-factor authentication

While I recommend 2factor authentication, I'd suggest disabling this option & installing another plugin later.

Limit Login Attempts

Leave this intact. It'll block people who attempt to attempt bruteforce your installation.

Enable Multi-site

Leave this as-is, unless you know you'll want multi-site (generally, no)

Advanced section

Unless you know what you're doing, avoid advanced tinkery :)

Onwards, installation time.

Lastly, click 'install' in the lower right.

Managing WordPress

If all went well, you should now be returned to a screen like this wordpress installed

This section is titled 'My applications'. It shows you a listing of all software you've installed through Installatron. Note that in the upper right, there are now two tabs — 'My applications' & 'Application Browser'. You'll need to keep note of those moving forward.

Selecting installations

Now, back to what's on the 'My Applications' tab.

On this screen, you can manage all of your installations. Any time you want to manage a specific installation's backups, cloning or settings, you can use the icons on the far right, which are as follows: Edit, backup, clone & uninstall.

You can use the checkboxes to modify multiple installs at a time if desired, especially for 'Updates'

Logging into WordPress

Before we get any further underway, let's click (and close, after you've reviewed it) the link with wp-admin in it beneath your blog's title. Selecting it will open the WordPress administration panel, and bypass having to remember usernames & passwords. Yay!

Note

You could technically stop here. You've now installed WordPress, and as long as its in the folder desired, it's ready to use. If it's in a weird location, read along with us until the cloning part, that'll help you move WordPress around & pick a more desirable location.

Updates

Now, assuming you've changed all of those Update radio buttons to the ones I noted above, you should rarely have to manage your own updates.

If for some reason you have to, here's how:

  • Select your installation(s) you want to update using the checkbox on the far right.
  • After selecting it, select update.
  • Review the settings, then, hit update in the lower right.

Editing your WordPress installation

Editing the installation allows you to change some of those original settings we entered, in addition to allowing you to change your backup settings.

edit

  • Use the view/edit details (wrench) icon on the far right to select view/edit details.
  • Change any settings as desired, or leave them as-is.
  • Hit save all or cancel in the lower right.

Backups

The backups section allows you to generate a backup. Let's generate one now.

backup

  • Select the relevant install's backup icon (the weird arrow)
  • Enter a label if desired. Keep an eye on that estimated size, these backups will count against your quota.
  • Hit backup in the lower right.

Assuming all went well, you should now have a new tab in the upper right called 'My backups'. You'll be able to manage all of your backups (and restore from them) in that section.

Cloning

Cloning an installation, in this case WordPress, allows you to move it around. This is spectacularly handy if you want to make a development site, or accidentally installed WordPress to the wrong location.

Let's get underway.

clone

  • Select the install on the far right using the clone link.
  • Hit clone
Removing that gibberish

Now, here's where, if you had entered gibberish in for your folder name, we can remove it! :) In the directory field, change it or erase the field entirely if you want to clone WordPress to your main domain's root folder.

For example, if your directory is 'blog', your site would load at example.com/blog/

If your directory is empty, your site would load at example.com

  • Once you're certain you have the settings you desire, hit clone in the lower right.

Uninstalling

Now that you've cloned your installation, you might have an extra one that you no longer desire. You can review your installations urls on this screen, and, uninstall any you no longer need.

uninstall

  • As always, select the installation you want to remove using the checkbox on the far right. Triple check that it's the correct one.
  • Select Uninstall
  • Review the information and hit uninstall when ready.

Truncating backups

Even though we've uninstalled that copy of WordPress, we still have that backup we created earlier. Let's remove that now by navigating to 'My Backups'.

  • Let's hit the X button to delete that backup we have.
  • Then, hit delete on the far right.

All set!

Learning how to install WordPress

So, you've installed WordPress, backed it up, moved it around & deleted it. I'm impressed! If you want to go through the installation steps one more time and this time leave it intact, here's a link to the top